The Parliament of Samoa recognizes the importance of fair and factual reporting of Parliament proceedings. The rules set forth ensures that whilst Parliament facilitates media access and reporting of its proceedings, it ensures that the chamber as a working environment for Members and officials is maintained as well as the privacy of members and visitors to the Maota Fono are respected.
The below guidelines are issued by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. They apply to all media personnel who enter the Parliament. The guidelines set forth by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly are mandated by the Legislative Powers and Privileges Ordinance, 1960 and S.O 176 and 187(2).
All media organizations are prohibited from attending the Member’s Pre-Sitting Briefing except for the approved media organization for outreach purposes.
Parliament’s I.T Unit provides a broadcast service for webcast which media representatives are welcome to use. The I.T Unit films in the Chambers and the feed is available for rebroadcast. The Parliament proceedings are televised live on the Digital Government Channel and also streamed live on the Parliament’s official Youtube page as well as audio live on 2AP.
Any breach of the Parliamentary media guidelines will lead to the suspension of that media organization from Parliament sitting and/or events for a period determined by the Speaker.